public law


Definition of public law

1 : a legislative enactment affecting the public at large
2 : a branch of law concerned with regulating the relations of individuals with the government and the organization and conduct of the government itself — compare private law

Examples of public law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haake retired from the Army in 2006 and currently heads his own consulting firm, which specializes in public law, policy advocacy and government procurement. Zach Everson, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Jobs with public law enforcement agencies unwilling to enforce vaccinations may become harder and harder to find. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 University trustees on Monday signed off on UMass President Marty Meehan’s pick of Mark Fuller as the new chancellor of the almost-7,900 student campus that is home to the only public law school in Massachusetts., 9 Aug. 2021 As the only standalone public law school in the country, UC Hastings puts the jobs of dean and chancellor on one person. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2021 Public employers can mandate that employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the N.C. Department of Labor and Diane Juffras, a professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 The change, which comes two years after John Marshall Law School merged with UIC to establish the first public law school in Chicago, is meant to dissociate the school from the worst parts of Marshall's biography. Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 First signed into public law by Congress in 1992, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month commemorates many of the community's achievements. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 But some legal experts said the fund raises sticky questions about the line between public law enforcement and private-security needs. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of public law

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of public law was in 1531

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“Public law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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Legal Definition of public law

1 : an enactment of a legislature that affects the public at large throughout the entire territory (as a state or nation) which is subject to the jurisdiction of the legislature or within a particular subdivision of its jurisdiction : general law

called also public act, public statute

— compare local law sense 1a
2a : the area of law that deals with the relations of individuals with the state and regulates the organization and conduct of government — compare private law
b : international law regulating the relations among sovereign states or nations as distinguished from private international law

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